I never knew that this movie was not intended to be a Christmas special, but it gained popularity after it feel out of copyright. I usually don't like this movie at all during Christmas. It feels really contrived and cliched, and I'm not a big fan of movies with happy, neat endings. For some reasons, however, watching it outside of Christmas made it seem better. I saw more of the humor and charm in the movie, and I was more interested in the characters. I felt less annoyed by the ending this time. It seemed to fit better with the whole story, and it felt natural. I must be too distracted to ever focus on this movie during the holidays, and then the end seems really cliched and annoying, since I hadn't seen any of the plot development.
I think most of the times that I have seen this movie before and not liked it, I was critical of how unrealistic it seemed. I've struggled with depression, and I know first hand that there isn't much that can pull you out of it. Having been through a lot of difficult times, I always was so irritated that everything magically worked out in the end, which I didn't see happening to me or those suffering around me. I felt...let down, I guess. Like, "So what about my friends and family who are going through hard times?" Watching it now, I was able to look at it as more of just a story, and in this story, everything works out at the end, and that's ok. There are a lot of stories where things don't work out in the end. This was just one man's story in particular.
I feel like there isn't a lot to say about this movie, but that could be because I'm distracted by my perpetual migraine and the Puppy Bowl. I think pretty much everyone has seen this at some point and has an opinion on it. I do have to say that it's worth watching it during the year and not thinking about it as a "holiday" movie. It really gains a lot, I thought, in doing this. It just happens to take place during Christmas, like Die Hard, and it's not so much about Christmas. If I felt better, I'd write more, but I'm feeling pretty off from a new medication I am trying for my headaches. If you have this movie laying around, get it out and watch it - it wasn't really meant to be a holiday special, and it works so much better on it's own.
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Ebert's Great Movie Essay on It's a Wonderful Life